Photography has been both a passion and a hobby of mine for many years. My decision to retire at the end of 2013 meant that I would have more time to devote to photography. My intention was not to just make more photographs, but to make more interesting photographs. The first thing that happened was that I found myself in a creative drought. I refer to this in the post “Image for January” on this blog. Friends with whom I discussed this suggested that maybe having more time available for photography was part of the problem. Previously, I was constrained by the limits on my spare time so this was a motivating factor that encouraged me to get on with it. In order to try and overcome the drought I set myself a simple challenge which is to post one photograph on this blog for each month during 2014. They must either be representative of the place, or the month in which the photograph was made. The only other constraints are that all the photographs have to be made close to where I live, and during the month to which they apply. In January I struggled to come up with ideas and I am not particularly happy with the image I posted. Since then the creative juices have started to flow again and I think my monthly “Image for…” postings have been getting better. Also, I am making more and more photographs again, some of which I have been sharing on this blog, as well as on creekerarts.blogspot.com.
So what does all this have to do with the title of this post? Now I have the time available I am in the process of expanding my involvement in the craft and the art of photography by sharing my knowledge with others. Photography is not easy, and is just like so many other pursuits in that the lexicon is full of terminology that may mean little or nothing to someone who is just starting out. I believe there is a shortage of help for new photographers, and those looking to gain a better understanding of their cameras and how to use them. Last Saturday I led my first one day workshop titled “The Fundamentals of Camera Craft” which is designed to help bridge this gap. I am currently working on the material for a second workshop in what I hope will become a series devoted to the fundamentals of photography. My aim is to provide novice photographers with a firm grounding so they can start to make better photographic decisions. The workshops will also provide a solid launch pad for those interested in advancing further. By capping attendance at six people and keeping the cost reasonable my intention is to make the workshops both rewarding, and accessible.
I live near Bragg Creek, Alberta which is in the Rocky Mountain Foothills just south west of Calgary. For practical reasons I expect my primary audience to comprise of people living in the greater Calgary area, although everyone is welcome. The venue for the workshops is Redwood House in the community of Redwood Meadows between Calgary and Bragg Creek. I have not set any dates for future workshops as yet but if you would like to find out more please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are aware of anyone else who may be interested please feel free to share this information with them.